article from NPR on excerise and fitness. If you're reading this post, you're probably sitting too much at your computer. The headline of this article is Stand Up, Walk Around, Even Just for Twenty Minutes.
O.K. I know you'll want to read the entire article, but here's the final paragraph. So pertinent to this blog.
The Ultimate Post-Workout Beverage: Use chocolate milk
to replenish sugars after an intense workout. Reynolds calls it an
"ideal recovery beverage" because it has the right ratio of carbs and
proteins to aid your body's recovery process.
Fitness Magazine also has an article on Chocolate Milk as a Post-Workout Drink. The article explains that chocolate milk after a tough workout can help replenish exhausted muscles and significantly aid exercise recovery. Note, though, that the article goes on to say that it works best for high intensity workouts (and probably not the 20 minute stroll as noted above).
Drinking plain water after exercise replaces sweat losses — and
that's it. "Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your
muscles — something they can metabolize," said Jason Karp, MS, another
researcher for this study. "There's nothing to metabolize in water."
Stager's assessment of chocolate milk is even simpler. "It's water plus a whole lot more," he said.
So get out there, walk around, stretch (or not!) and drink chocolate milk when you're finished exercising...that's real chocolate milk and not chocolate 'drink'...
11 ounces cold milk
1-1/2 teaspoons Dutch-process cocoa
1/2 tsp sugar or 3/4 tsp honey
Heat 1/4 cup milk in microwave until steaming (15 seconds)
Add cocoa powder and sugar (or honey) to hot milk. Stir until lumps are gone,
Put mixture into glass and fill with remaining cold milk and stir.